Photo by Hank Spencer.
Royalty reigned at Boutwell Auditorium on March 1 as the Beaux Arts Krewe celebrated its 52nd Krewe Ball. The event benefits the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Krewe Acquisition Fund.
This year’s theme, “Under the Big Top,” celebrated a night at the circus.
Reigning over the ball was King Russell Warren Chambliss Sr., joined by his wife, Ann, and Queen Madeline Lysbeth DeBuys, escorted by George Sage Lyons III. Presented as DeBuys’ ladies in waiting were Sara Margaret Baker, with trainbearer Kathryn Frances Baker; Carson O’Neil Hull, with trainbearer Mary Latham Mayfield; and Caroline Louise Marks, with trainbearer Abigail Elizabeth Millwood.
Princesses presented at the ball included Virginia Warren Cain, Louisa Bradford Collins, Anne Stanton Compton, Carlton Ramona Cooper, Lillian Grace Couvillon, Claire Elizabeth Darnall, Katherine Hufham Dodson, Anna Margaret Doody, Alexandra Glenn Dunn, Ellen Coleman Edwards, Virginia Murray Farley, Catherine Morris Greene, Eleanor Pryor Jernigan, Adelaide Essick Kimberly, Grace Wyman Lockett, Anne Traywick Lovelady, Lucy Dunn Massey, Anne Holbrook Ostrander, Frances Alice Patrick, Cleary Gray Plosser, Ellen Wynn Regan and Madeline Dalel Turner.
The king’s dukes included James William Blair, Felix Melville Drennen III, George Bondurant Elliott Jr., William Harrison Hartsfield, Claude Beeland Nielsen, William Shelton Pritchard III, Joseph Edward Sandner III and Hatton Coulbourne Valentine Smith.
The king’s trainbearers were Charlotte Ann Chambliss, Charlotte Ettalee Chambliss, Julia Russell Chambliss, Lucy Barboro Chambliss, Russell William Chambliss, Ann Margaret Drennen, Daniel Felix Drennen, William Edward Drennen, Alligood Carlisle Rogoff and Louis Frank Rogoff.
The queen’s guards included Keith Baker Arendall, Gerald Palfery Gillespy, Elbridge Thornton Hydinger Jr., Raleigh Barbee Kent III, Frank Hardy Phillips, Joseph Camp Pritchard, William Lawrence Reed Jr. and James Douglass Williams.
Trainbearers for the queen were Keith Baker Arendall II, Mary Brannon Arendall, Marion Elizabeth DeBuys, Minnie Brooks Maroules, Elizabeth Jane Nielson and Claude Beeland Nielson III.
Those serving as pages for the festivities were Elizabeth Collett Ankar, Kathryn Frances Baker, Julia Hamilton Butrus, Kathryn Camille Butrus, Virginia Hill Caine, Adelaide Frances Clements, Leyden Elizabeth Comer, Lucy Virginia Comer, Juliette Perry Cook, Clarke Crawford Gillespy, Gillian Palmer Goodrich, Susannah Blythe Goodrich, Heidi Dale Hollingsworth, Nancy Ryals Little, Virginia Hay Littrell, Madelyn Ruth McKee, Abigail Grace McKenzie, Elizabeth Parker Owens, Zachary David Owens, Mary Addison Paul, Frances Mae Reynolds, Kathryn Bowman Rives, Elizabeth-Anne Donald Robinson, Rushton Grade Robinson, Robert Louis Robinson III, Anna Partlow Short, Olivia Grace Short, Laura Elizabeth Spann, Mary Beverley Spann, Anne Louise Sullivan, Lillian Rose Sullivan, Kara Leigh Whitaker and Ann Calvert Whatley.
– By Emily Williams